Líon iontrálacha sa taifead staire: 182
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2020-03-26 15:55
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Once upon a time a man and his son were out fishing (in the direction of Uaigh Island). A very large wave was coming meeting them. The father told the son to take out his pocket knife and throw it in the face of the wave. He did so.
There was a girl in love with this boy but he didn't wish to marry her. A couple of nights after he threw the knife two men came to his home. They were strangers and asked him to come with them. After some time he decided on going. They took him in a boat. They told him that they were taking him to a place where he would hear all sorts of beautiful music which would entice him to dance and they warned him not to be led away so much as to begin to dance because if he did he would have to marry the girl and they were going to help him to get away from doing so. However the music started and whatever sort of trance he fell in when he awoke he was standing beside the bed in which the girl was which was anxious that he should marry her.
This wonderful music which he was told about started. He felt like beginning to dance but he kept from it. The spell was broken then and he got free from marrying her.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:42
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I. I heard a woman say that she knew a woman who boiled a mouse and gave the soup to her child as a cure for weak kidneys.
II. If a worm and a piece of silver is put in a new-born baby's hand it will be able to cure the toothache.
III. It is said that if ashes, or sand or anything that cannot be counted is thrown on a person the first time he is seen in an epileptic fit that he will not take it again.
IV. If a person has a stye get twelve goose-berry (jags) and point them to it and it will get better.
V. There is a man living near Letterkenny and he can give a plaster which cures "cancer" externally. Several people have been cured in this district.
VI. A cure for warts :- If you dip your hands in the water in which a smith cools his irons for several times the warts will die away.
The seventh son has the cure of the "Evil". He rubs the affected part with a piece of silver, says a prayer. He performs his duty after sunset.
Some people claim to have the power to cure sprains. A piece of card is tied on the sprained part.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:33
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An auld woman from Glassagh she was over 90 years and she stood with her back to the door the 1st night of the storm (that broke the rampart). Her name was Bridget McHugh. After that she was [?] she got her 2nd sight. She could thread any needle no matter how fine up till she died. The swells were coming to see her.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2020-03-26 15:28
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58 years ago the rampart keeping out the sea in this district broke. It swept away potatoes turnips and turf. All was left up in the Glebe. Two houses in Corr were stripped and six stacks of corn were swept away. Jammie Byrne's crop was all swept away. He and his wife and family had to sleep for two nights in Micky Scott's till he got his house repaired. The storm ran a month blowing, thundering and raining but the first night was the worst. Mrs Breslin's (Corr) home in Glassagh was stripped. It broke the windows. She had to sit with her back to the window where there was a shutter to keep the wind out.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-20 10:05
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Water in which the plant known as "Heart's-ease" had been boiled was a much used beverage by those who suffered from the above form of heart-trouble.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-20 10:03
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The local name for this affliction is "the rose", and the local cure for it was McCahill's blood. The holder of the cure when applied to made a little cut in his or her finger and mixed the blood with a little fresh butter, which was then applied to the sore part as an ointment.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-20 09:59
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Another cure - or rather a variation of the foregoing - is as follows:-
Whatever was the first thing put into the hand of the seventh son after birth acted as a charm for the cure of the disease when rubbed on the sore afterwards. In this case the seventh son had not to do the actual rubbing himself neither had the identical object which he clasped in his infant hand to be used but it was necessary that it be of the same substance. For example, if the new-born child were given a penny, then any penny rubbed on the spot was the qualified person acted as a charm.
In connection with this matter there is a story told about a well-to-do family, not so long ago, who put a piece of gold into the baby's hand for this purpose and the people of the district were very angry about it because as sovereigns were not easily got it meant that they would be unable to avail themselves of the cure in this particular case.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:29
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A common belief in this
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:28
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The roots of the orange lily used to be sometimes used as a poultice for a stonebruise or other similar septic sore - for bringing the thing "to a head", that is drawing the poison to the surface. Then for drawing out and draining off the pus a common practise was to apply a poultice of black snails sliced.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:26
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out the prayer. At the end of each 'passing' the donkey is given a piece of "hard bread" (oatcake) to eat and any crumbs which the donkey lets fall must be given to the patient to eat.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:25
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A cure for whooping cough practised in this district occasionally even to the present day is the following:-
Two persons - preferably the parents of the patient - and if they are not alive or available two other persons of opposite sexes pass the patient from one to the other over a donkey and under it three times - the donkey being tethered in a byre, stable or other convenient place. The "passing", if the parties are Catholic is done "In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen". Protestants practise this rite also leaving
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:12
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human beings and animals. He is still spoken of as having been a very lucky cow doctor and had a herbal remedy for most common ailments.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:11
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The tops of the branches of furze bushes boiled with linseed in water to make a jelly, was a most effective cure for persistent coughs. It was prescribed by an old man, Philip Lyons of Corraine - dead for ten years or more, who was a famous folk-doctor - both for sick
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 14:09
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used to cure inflamed eyes was (phonetically) "Hooz-lick". It may still be seen occasionally growing on the walls of country houses - a tiny, thick-leafed rosette shaped plant, which seems able to thrive on practically nothing high up from the ground on walls built, of course, with mud plaster. To use it one of its leaves - almost 1/6" thick - was taken and broken; the raw edge was then held close to the eye and the "juice" pressed out; this moisture squirted into the eye with the sharp biting sting of an acid, causing the eye to water copiously. It was considered a very effective remedy.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:58
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The local name for the plant
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2018-08-15 13:58
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person was "sound and well today".
Bernard McBride asked him did he know what cured him and he said he did - that the cure was to swallow a live frog. McBride said that he must have been a brave man if he swallowed a frog, and the other replied that it was not so hard as it seemed that in the harvest time there are always tiny little frogs to be found, sometimes no bigger than the nail of one's finger and that a specimen really small could be swallowed alive quite easily.
He said that the cure was certain, that he vouched for it from his own personal experience, because the case he had mentioned as having completely recovered on using this remedy was his own father, who, as a young man, in the last stages of consumption, was given this prescription and in desperation tried it - with the amazing result stated.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:48
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In connection with this malady Bernard McBride (mentioned on page 4) used to tell the following story:-
About thirty seven years ago a certain man in Dooish was dying of consumption. The then principal teacher of Dooish School, Mr. John Brogan, was discussing the patient's condition with Bernard McBride. Mr. Brogan said that he knew a man "farther gone" than the person about whom they were speaking and that that
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:43
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A person having the charm for the cure of Ringworm merely wrote his name with pen and ink right round the spot, completely closing it in. The result was that the sore ceased spreading and died gradually away. Several reliable persons, one in particular, a Protestant, can testify to the effectiveness of this method.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:39
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ringworm in days gone by.
Another much used preparation was a mixture of rancid butter and blue-stone. This was applied to the afflicted person as an ointment over the sore.
Gunpowder and butter mixed together and used as an ointment was also supposed to be effective.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:37
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Ordinary white paint applied round the sore is spoken of as having been used as a cure for
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:36
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between two townlands. The harnessing and leading as well as the ceremony at the [?] had to be performed by the proper person. Arrived at the appointed place the holder of the charm lifted some water in the palm of his hand and the patient had to drink a mouthful of it (out of the other's hand).
The drinking process was repeated three times, the "leader" each time saying the words "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
The popular belief fifty years ago was that nobody could possibly recover fully from mumps unless this rite were performed.
The cure is still practised by many people in the district.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:26
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Any person, male or female, both whose parents had the same surname before marriage was supposed to be able to cure mumps.
The ceremony was as follows:-
The sick person was "led" - that is, a halter was put over his head and he was taken thus, before sunset to a burn which had to be on the 'march'
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:24
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Nine gooseberry thorns were gathered. The patient then gave his stye a prick with each of the nine, and when finished with the ninth he threw it over his right shoulder. Then he commenced again with right and threw the eighth over his right shoulder when finished with it. Likewise with the seven remaining, then six, five [?] until the last one has been thrown away.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:21
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the family had become friendly when the Coxs had broken their connection with the trade of priest-hunting. Cox's daughter "took a conceit in" (liking for) young Ramsey - he gave up his notion of becoming a priest and the two were married.
A son was born to them on "Grove Hill", and while he was still a child "his mother said that she had taken one from the Church and she would give another to It". The boy in question grew up and became a priest, and so the grandson of the last of the priest-hunters was himself a priest, and "Grove Hill" was always pointed out by the old people as his birthplace.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 13:17
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while and then the Colonel suggested that they go down to the market in Ballybofey, it being Thursday. The priest, at first, refused and asked his host was he going to betray him. The Colonel said he was not - that there was no danger, and, as he would take no refusal, the priest, at last, agreed. The two set off for Ballybofey together. When they arrived in the town all the yeomen and spies gathered round, thinking that Cox had got his man at last. But the Colonel surprised them by pointing to the priest beside him and saying "there he is now" and daring a man of them to lay a finger on him! Both walked undisturbed round the town till night and then returned to the Castle.
And that was the end of the priest-hunting in the district.
At this time the neighbouring Caste on "Grove Hill" was occupied by the Ramsey's (page 16). A son of the family was away at school or college, and was intended for the priesthood. Col. Cox's daughter became acquainted with him one time that he came home for a holiday
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2018-08-15 13:06
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the hunted priest had done for him and asking the old man to give up the hunt in return for what he had done.
As soon as he got this news the old Colonel went to "a neighbour man" and asked him did he know where this priest was. The man told him that he did not, but that even if he did know he was not going to tell him. Colonel Cox then asked him, for God's sake, to try and find out where he was and to bring him to the Castle - that he wanted very much to see him but not to do him any harm.
The man had word of what the Colonel said to him, sent to the priest in his hiding place. When he received the news the priest had the clue to its meaning and felt that it would be safe enough to see Cox, as the latter wished, and so he left his place of safety and came to the Castle.
It happened to be Thursday, and the market day in Ballybofey. There was a great welcome (and grand dinner) waiting for him when he arrived. After dinner they chatted, the priest and the priest-hunter, for a good
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 12:59
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One day a row between the two brothers ended in a fight of some sort, in which one of the boys seriously wounded the other, and then fearing his father's anger, he ran away. After some time he reached Ballyshannon and was then "at the end of his tether". He was wandering through the town when the priest for whose capture his father was striving night and day, happened to see him through a window of the house in which he was then hiding. He knew by the appearance of the boy that there was something wrong. Regardless of his own safety the priest went out to the street and spoke to him and asked him was he in trouble.
The boy told him what had happened and then the priest asked him where was he going and what was he going to do. The boy said he didn't know where to go - that he had no money - and that if he could get the money that he would try to get away to America.The priest gave him all the money he had and however he managed it he got safely away out of the country and reached America.
Once safely there he wrote to his father telling him the whole story of what
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 12:51
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A long straight avenue (about three hundred yards) led from the then main road - now called "the old road" (see map p.15) - to the Castle. About seventy years ago, when the present County Road was made it crossed this avenue at right angles dividing it into two unequal portions. Of these, the shorter (nearest the house) is now called "McGoldrick's lane", while the longer part (between the County Road and the "old road") is still referred to as "the old avenue" or McGoldrick's "avenue".
[The following story of the one time master of the Castle was told by Conal Furey, Dooish, a farmer aged 69 (born in Donegal but living in Dooish for the past 32 years). He got the story from his father in law, the Abraham Flanagan mentioned on page 4.]
The owner of the Castle in days gone by was Colonel Cox, commander of a company of yeomen in this district. The Colonel was a priest-hunter, whose heart was set on securing the capture of a certain priest. He had two sons and a daughter, each of whom plays a part in the story.
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2018-08-15 12:44
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Nothing now remains to mark the site of Cox's Castle but the vaults or cellars on the "street" of the farmhouse of James McGoldrick. These cellars some years ago were the haunt of badgers. The entrance is overgrown with gorse, furze and briars but is quite easily located still, straight opposite McGoldrick's stable-door.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-15 12:41
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now resident in the neighbouring townland of Cappry and aged about 66 or 67. He had inherited the house in question from his parents and he is positive as to the identity of the doors.
The owners of "Grove Hill" were a family named Ramsey. The tradition regarding this old family is bound up with that of the family who were the traditional owners of Historic Site no. 8 (below)
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2018-08-15 12:38
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This a field to the south of "the chapel field" mentioned as no. 5, and separated from it by another field. Grove Hill still has a few firs (the remains of a plantation) growing along its northern boundary, while the southern portion, enclosed by high walls - well builded - is still known as "the court". Opposite this field is another called "the orchard". The two fields are separated by a roadway leading now to upper Dooish and Corraine, but which is still called "the avenue".
The field known as "Grove Hill" is the site of a castle of the walls of which no trace now remains - except the above mentioned high walls enclosing "the court". Until about ten years ago there remained in this wall an arched gateway - map page 14 - ; this gateway arch was becoming dangerous and was demolished about ten years ago.
Two of the doors belonging to the castle on "Grove Hill" were in use in an adjoining house (map p.14) as outer door and "room"-door. This house is being rebuilt just now and the castle doors have been removed. The present owner is a returned American - Miss Brigid Quigley. She purchased the place from Patrick McGeehan
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2018-08-14 18:35
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On the southern slope of Dooish hill, overlooking Meencarrigagh stands what is known as Flanagan's Altar
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-14 18:33
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To the east of Dooish old school (now a shop, owned by McCool Bros.) is an orchard & this orchard has to the south of it a field known locally as "the chapel field". Here stood the old church Templemonaghan.
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2018-08-14 18:31
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This is a field owned by the previously mentioned Brigid McBride, Dooish. It adjoins the main road and has the bridle path on its western side. It is very rocky, full of boulders, some of which have been blasted and removed for road metal. Brigid McBride told us that the altar or even its site was never known within her memory. She had never heard when or why it had got the name "Altar Park" - nor had never heard of any priest using it for Mass in penal times.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-14 18:27
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it was, and he told her about the old hawthorn and said it was "under the shade of the hawthorn" and that it had taken a "pile" of stones to fill it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-08 19:16
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rises from the level of the stream. At the eastern edge there stood till recently a hawthorn tree (it died from old age some time ago). Under the shade of this hawthorn was "the Friar's Well".
Our informant was the Brigid McBride mentioned in connection with "the bridle path" on page 3.
She remembered having been told by James McMenamin (the then owner of this field) who left Dooish about fifty-five years ago - and is now dead, that he had filled up the Friar's Well years before then and that "he had rued it many a time since". He didn't tell her exactly why he had been repenting his vandalism but when we questioned her she told us that he left the district (sold his farm) & that he subsequently inherited money, which was only a curse to his family; no descendants of his are alive at present as far as she knows, except two, who, when last heard of, were patients in a Mental Hospital.
The ruins of James McMenamin's homestead are still to be seen in the neighbouring field. A brother of his was a priest; his family were rather above the level of their neighbours.
Brigid McBride said that in the course of the conversation about the well, she asked him where
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-08 19:04
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To the north of the Abbey field and separated from it by what was formerly the main road and is now known as "the old road", is another field owned by Edward McGlinchey, N.T. (Clones). In this field is located "the Friar's Well".
A stream runs along the southern boundary of the field, which rises abruptly at the eastern end. A steep bank, overgrown with hazel bushes
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-08 19:00
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"Abbey field" there is a depression extending through portion of several adjoining fields. This depression was pointed out many years ago by the previously mentioned Abraham Flanagan as "the Monk's Pond", in which he said he had always been told was, at one period, a pond in which the monks of the adjoining abbey used to fish. There is no water in the "Monk's Pond" now - it is just a quite ordinary (and not deep) swampy hollow about half an acre in extent and although it has been drained in order to make meadow land of it, it is still water logged and abounding in rushes.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-08 18:55
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To the southwest of the
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2018-08-08 18:55
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A field, the property of Matthew McGonigle, Dooish, is known in the district as the "Abbey field". No trace of the Abbey remains nor was there any trace even in the memory of the present owner's grandfather, who died about forty five years ago and was aged about ninety when he died. It was this old man's opinion that the field must have been used as a graveyard for many years after the abbey itself was abandoned - as he had always been puzzled to account otherwise for the extreme fertility of its soil.
No tradition exists now in the locality regarding the Order to which the Abbey community belonged - they are spoken of as "the monks" or "the friars". The story mentioned on previous page, told by Abraham Flanagan, about St. Patrick's prophecy concerning the abbey, is the only one in connection with it we could find.
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2018-08-08 18:39
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wheels of his chariot came off and while it was being replaced, St. Patrick, who spent the interval walking around, prophecied that at a spot not far away from the scene of his mishap, a monastery would, one day, stand. This prophecy was fulfilled.
A few hundred yards from the spot there is a field, known locally as "the Abbey field", in which once stood a monastery of which not a trace now remains. (Map of Abbey field on page 16).
The ford in question is not now being used the river bed having altered within the past thirty years, the depth at this point has increased and a shallow belt has appeared about 200 yards father up the river. This later ford is not to be confused with the old one, which Abraham Flanagan mentioned as the scene of the accident to St. Patrick's chariot.
Up to about thirty years ago person coming from Ballybofey to Curraghamongan still kept to the old habit of keeping south of the river (even after the bridge at Cappry had been built) until they had reached this ford which they then crossed and proceeded homewards on the other side. For map of places mentioned see page 22
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2018-08-08 18:30
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at present occupied by our informant Brigid McBride.
Additional information regarding this bridle path was supplied some years ago by an old man named Bernard McBride, also of Dooish, who is now dead. He had heard from his parents both of whom have been dead for more than forty years. All of the family were farmers and had lived in Dooish for several generations.
According to Bernard McBride the bridle path in question was part of an ancient road leading from Aileach to Ballyshannon, and that it was along this path that St. Patrick travelled on his visit to Aileach.
Another old man, Abraham Flanagan, Dooish, who died in 1915, aged 93 years, had always heard his people tell a story in connection with St. Patrick's journey along this bridle path to Aileach. Having arrived at the ford in the River Finn the Saint was proceeding across when one of the
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-08-08 18:23
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An old bridle road or path, stretching almost due north & south, down the side of Curraghamongan to a ford in the River Finn and continuing due south on the Dooish side of the river, supposed to stretch from Letterkenny to Donegal & Ballyshannon through Barnesmore. Traces (in the form of double fences or "ditches") remained until quite recently when the stones of which they were formed were removed for road metal. On the Curraghamongan side a single straight stone wall, broken in places, is supposed to mark its course. The recently removed "double-ditch" was on the farm
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-26 17:21
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the middle of one of the fields and as they were drawing near the tree they heard someone calling, "Don't interfere with Barney's seat". This was repeated several times. The man said they would not interfere with it if they knew where it was. It was coming near the men's dinnertime so they left the field and went home. When they came back to the field again there was a round spot near the tree surrounded by wild flowers. The men knew this was "Barney's Seat" and they did not interfere with it.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-26 17:18
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There was one woman who neglected this custom once and when she came back the child was all disfigured and in a terrible state. It remained like this for a few days. It's mother became very worried and asked the priest what she could do. He said he would say Mass for it. When morning came the priest took with him 3 neighbouring men. When the priest was at the Gospel of the Mass the men said that they could see hands pulling the vestments off the priest, and that the sweat was pouring down his face. They thought it was impossible for him to go on with the Mass. Meanwhile the child who was at home had to be taken out to a barn and bound with ropes. Towards the end
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-26 17:13
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It was the custom long ago to put the tongs over the cradle when going out in case some evil might happen to the child.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-26 17:12
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and that his future would be more prosperous, if he promised not to interfere with the large tree that stood at the bottom of his garden. He resolved not to interfere with it and he attributed his good fortune later on to his well-kept promise. He believed the small strange woman to be a fairy. On the death of Kilpatrick - the garden was let, and instructions were laid down to have the tree cut. The man who took the garden would not do so. He had heard of the request asked of Kilpatrick by the strange woman.
Another man was then appointed to take the garden and cut the tree. He did not hesitate to do so. It is said that on his way home that evening, his horses and other animals fell dead on the road. The people
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-26 17:07
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About eighty years ago a small woman called at the house of Johnston Kilpatrick Cappery. His wife had gone to Church and he was alone in the house. This little woman came in to him and sat down. Kilpatrick offered her tea but she refused it, stating that she did not take tea. He told her he would give her the tea and that she could make it herself. She still declined the offer. He asked her was she going far and she said she was going to Lough Eske. He then gave her 2d and said it would help to carry her along. She refused the money also saying that she could not accept it. She rose to proceed on her journey; but before doing so she told Kilpatrick of the many losses he had during his life-time
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-24 12:35
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Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go
Friday's child is loving and giving
Saturday's child has to work hard for its living
A child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is fair, wise, good and gay
28. Peacock's feathers are unlucky.
29. Never rock a cradle when the baby is out of it or you will make it sick.
30. Never sleep after you rise on Whit Sunday or you will die in your sleep.
31. Mayflowers are thrown on the roof & windowsills of a house on May Eve to keep the fairies away.
32. When you see a white horse
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water they will quarrel unless they both spit in it.
23. Never turn back on a journey or you will have bad luck.
24. The following rhyme denotes the lengthening of the days :-
"On St. Patrick's Day.
Throw candle & candlestick away".
25. When an infant is in a cradle and the mother has to go out she should place the tongs across the cradle to keep the spirits away.
26. When two spoons are accidentally placed on a saucer it denotes a christening.
27. Monday's child is fair of face
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18. If you abstain from fleshmeat on St. Stephen's day you will have no infectious diseases the following year.
19. The following rhyme is said when one who is in love sees the new moon :-
If ever I marry a man or if ever a man marries me
Tonight in my dreams may I him see.
20. If you look at the new moon through glass you will have bad luck.
21. If you leave a pair of shoes on the table you will have bad luck.
22. If 2 people wash in the same
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12. If you meet a black cat on a journey you will have good luck on that journey.
13. If you bring hawthorn blossoms into a house you will bring bad luck on it.
14. If you get married in May you will rue the day.
15. If you meet a red-haired woman going to the market you will have bad luck.
16. If you go out early on May morning you will meet a witch.
17. If a corpse does not stiffen some relation of the deceased will die within a year.
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2018-06-24 11:33
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"Good luck to the animal".
7. Anything you sew on Sunday you will have to rip it with your nose on the last day.
8. If you give a badge to anyone he in return should give you a coin, for, if he does not, he will quarrel with you.
9. If you break a mirror you will have 7 years bad luck.
10. If you bring ferns into a house you will bring bad luck on it
11. If you raise an opened umbrella above your head in a house you will have bad luck.
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2018-06-21 21:38
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Finn Valley where they stopped and also at Glackin's of the Lough House about 3 miles from Stranorlar, on the road to Donegal town.
In 1688 Captain Knox lived at Walkers in Kilcadden. He was a traitor to King James.
The steeple is only 150 years old. It is one of the Follies. Similar structure at Killiney hill - brewposts for local "gentry".
The Presbyterians came to Stranorlar in 1719. They were in Convoy, Co. Donegal in 1640. Other matter is contained in Dr. Maguire's "History of Raphoe Diocese".
Oldest house in Stranorlar - A stone taken from the lintel of a window at John Herron's, Spirit Store, Stranorlar, lies at the present time in the yard and bears the date 1719 cut into the stone. House still stands.
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2018-06-21 21:24
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A tan yard was behind Kerrigans house in Stranorlar in 1850 (In the yard a house still stands where the ribbon men used to meet). The tan-pits were about 2 1/2 yds long and 1 1/4 yds wide. The writer saw a piece of leather which was formerly made there, 20 inches long and 14 inches wide with a sister of the narrator. There is no leather made to-day so strong. American leather killed the industry.
Fires in the houses were of turf, wood or shows. (rug)
The Pound in Stranorlar - It was established by law: An old survival, also the Pound Field Cattle found trespassing could be impounded here and would not be surrendered until the trespass demanded was paid. Survival of the fact that the landlord owned the whole place.
Stage coaches came along the
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2018-06-21 21:15
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his early life, although he had read in his Geography that the world was round like a ball or orange.
In his father's time there were two hatters in Stranorlar, two or three smiths and weavers. All the flax was spun in the country about. Linen all spun at home - in Daisy Hill there is still some of the linen which was spun in the Bleach Green at Dreenan. The old gates were made by James Dobson. There was no such thing as imported furniture. It was all made by a man named James Maxwell. Hugh Maguire was a nailer . All the tins were made by tin-smiths named Gallagher. His grandfather had pewter. John Mullan used to spin and weave his own webs of cloth.
The shoe-maker was brought to the house so was the carpenter who lived & spent a week or so in a house. Every man could build and thatch his own house.
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has been built and refaced. Narrator saw James McNulty (Sexton) dig a grave and unearth a gravestone of Lieut. Ramsay buried in 1693. This is the oldest gravestone there. The Lieut. fought in King William's Army. The Church was occupied from 1640. It had not many famous men.
The Magees of Dooish (about 100 yards in from the old road at Dooish) have an idea that some of the O'Donnells are married into them. A curious tombstone at the entrance gate (right side) of Stranorlar Protestant graveyard is said to mark the resting place of some noted character about whom nothing is known. The Railway was built in 1863. Previous to that pack-horses were used over short-cuts. The people lived on what they made.
In narrator's father's time people people got tea only three times yearly, Halloweve, Christmas & Easter. His father had not seen an orange in
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2018-06-21 21:02
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has been built and refaced. Narrator saw James McNulty (Sexton) dig a grave and unearth a gravestone of Lieut. Ramsay buried in 1693. This is the oldest gravestone there. The Lieut. fought in King William's Army. The Church was occupied from 1640. It had not many famous men.
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2018-06-21 20:58
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"Siege and History of Londonderry" edited by John Hempton : published 1861 contains the following - "July 1797. A country-man from Stranorlar who was sentenced to 700 lashes for administering the United Irishman's Oath to a private of the Aberdeenshire Fencibles received 300 lashes on the quay in the presence of the garrison."
Stranorlar has a small field on the Dreenan Road junction known as the Band Garden. Here the garrison played. The garrison consisted of old Fencibles or Yeomanry.
Lough Alan (meaning 'sacred') convenient to Stranorlar. The lough was attached to and part of the premises of the present Protestant Church, which is built on site of an Abbey on Catholic ground. The church
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before marriage. The patient is led by this person to a stream with a horses halter on their head and is given three drops of water out of the palm in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. This is performed three days in succession.
A cure for the Whooping cough is to pass the sufferer three times under and over a donkey and give the patient a piece of bread made of oatmeal a portion which is also given to the donkey. Another cure for the Whooping cough is to eat food left by a ferret.
The seventh son born in a family has a cure for the evil. At birth something like Gold or Silver is placed in the infant's hand having the intention that when he reached the age of twenty one years he will have the
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2018-06-21 20:35
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A person suffering from mumps may be cured by an individual whose parents were of the same surname
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A person suffering from mumps may be cured by an individual whose parents were of the same surname.
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2018-06-21 20:34
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as I had pursued her she went, with me at her heels through Raphoe, Convoy, Stranorlar, Ballybofey, she ran and then headed for Donegal Town. I would not have it said that she beat me so I continued the mad race and in the Diamond in Donegal town I killed her. I walked home at my ease and just as I entered the kitchen door in my own house the kettle began to boil.
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2018-06-21 20:32
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my way to the kitchen. The fire had been "raked" the night before, so I put the red coals together in a heap, got a few turf from the kitchen corner where they had been placed the previous night and soon I had a good fire blazing, that would warm the cockles of your heart. I could not start working without a drop of tea, so I filled the kettle, hung it on the fire to boil, and went to the front door to have a look up and down the street.
Just as I got to the door a big hare dashed past at top speed, turned the corner and was out of sight in a wink. I pulled the door after me and started hot haste after her. I soon came within sight of her, so I increased my pace and began to gain gradually on her.
I turned her in the Diamond in Raphoe and she made straight for Ballybofey again. Over the same course
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2018-06-21 20:27
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In the town of Ballybofey, Co Donegal lived a tailor named Johnnie Reid. At a wake - and he missed few - he could hold the house spell bound by a recital of his exploits. He could tell some of the most fantastic stories that were ever heard. But if any of the listeners showed by word or by action that they did not believe his story, he stopped immediately and no coaxing would induce him to continue the story.
Before relating one of his stories the reader should know that Ballybofey is 14 miles East of Donegal town and Raphoe is 7 miles East of Ballybofey. Now here is the story from his own mouth.
I had some work that had to be finished in a hurry, so I rose just as it was breaking day. I pulled on my clothes said a few prayers and made
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2018-06-21 20:22
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Another time the local Priest saw Jeremiah going home under the influence of drink. The following Sunday the Priest was standing at the door of the Chapel in company with the men who usually lifted the coppers. He did not notice Jeremiah until he was almost inside the Chapel shaking the holy water on himself. In order to give Jeremiah to understand that he had seen him under the influence of drink the previous Thursday he remarked to Jeremiah "Do you know you are standing on the flags of hell". Its a queer place for you to build a Chapel" said Jeremiah in reply.
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2018-06-21 20:18
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retired earlier than usual. The old man went on his knees and prayed thus :-
God bless me and my wife,
My son John and his wife
Us four and no more
For ever more. Amen.
Jeremiah who was drowsy heard the old man's prayer. So pulling the curtain aside and raising himself on his elbow, he stuck his head round the corner of the bed and replied :-
To Hell with you and your wife
Your son John and his wife
You four and no more
For ever more. Amen.
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2018-06-21 20:15
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In the townland of Edenmore a few miles Stranorlar, Co. Donegal dwelt a Protestant farmer. He had a servant man named Jeremiah McDaid employed as a labourer who went occasionally to the weekly market in the neighbouring village of Ballybofey, where he usually got drunk.
In the kitchen of the farmer's house along one wall was placed two beds with a canopy over each and curtains hanging in front. The beds stood in line along the full length of the kitchen. The old man and his wife occupied one and Jeremiah the other.
One market night Jeremiah came home showing signs that he had taken a considerable quantity of intoxicants. Preparations were made for retiring by the old couple, but Jeremiah had
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2018-06-21 20:09
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In olden days - about one hundred and thirty years ago - when the Catholic Clergy were on the run Mass was celebrated on a small hill just off the main road at Curraghamone Ballybofey Co. Donegal. Traces of the Altar which was there can still be seen. There are not many stones left there now because they were taken away by a man named Mick Shesgreen when the road was being made and some were sent up to Armagh to be put in the Cathedral at the time it was being built. After some of the stones were taken away a holly tree grew up in the place where the Altar was and several people tried to burn it or cut it down but it always grew again.
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2018-06-21 20:03
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and they said no. She then realised that they were Ghosts and she was more convinced of this when she learned that the Astercian-Monks dwelt here. Such is the story of the Abbey Well told by Miss O Reilly to some neighbouring woman some time later. It is said that Sir Samuel Hayes found a holy water font in the Abbey Field and he buried it in the Castle-Treasure yard.
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2018-06-21 19:59
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During the lifetime of Lady Hayes she had in her employment a maid named O Reilly from Cork. A neighbouring woman named Kate McGrath did the laundry for her.
On St. John's eve Miss O Reilly went to the house of Kate McGrath and stayed to a late hour of the night. On her way home she came upon the Abbey Field. There was a torchlight procession of men dressed in white. She stood for a while looking at the scene and then continued on her way unperturbed by what she had seen for she thought that the people of Donegal still kept to the old custom of having a procession on St. John's eve.
When she arrived at the Castle she asked the maids did they still hold a procession on St. John's eve
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2018-06-21 19:54
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1. A very good cure for any cut going septic. Boil the leaves of a plant called Bachelor's-Buttons and then pound them into pulp. Add sugar baking-soda and oat-meal and mix well. Then it is ready for use. The poultice has to be put on warm and left for half an hour.
2. A cure for the whooping cough is to go under a donkey three times and then catch a trout and fill its mouth with water. Then drink the water three times. This is said to be a good cure.
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and Stranorlar.
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are green when cut. A stream is blocked and the sticks are put into the dam and pressed under water by a few large stones. They are left there for 10 days and then they are ready for use.
There are 2 ways of making baskets. (1) Put sticks into the ground according to the shape of the basket required. Then small sticks are got and sweeled round the large sticks. The bottom is made separately and then plaited on to the top of the part sticking out of the ground and the basket is then finished. (2) This way is almost the same except that the sticks are stuck into a box-like frame containing holes to hold the sticks. Sixty years ago basket making was carried on in Ballybofey
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are green when cut. A stream is blocked and the sticks are put into the dam and pressed under water by a few large stones. They are left there for 10 days and then they are ready for use.
There are 2 ways of making baskets. (1) Put sticks into the ground according to the shape of the basket required. Then small sticks are got and sweeled round the large sticks. The bottom is made separately and then plaited on to the top of the part sticking out of the ground and the basket is then finished. (2) This way is almost the same except that the sticks are stuck into a box-like frame containing holes to hold the sticks. Sixty years ago basket making was carried on in Bally
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2018-06-21 19:43
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Basket making is very common in Co. Donegal. It is mostly carried on around the coast and some people make a living out of it.
Sally sticks from which the baskets are made have to be carefully prepared before they are ready to be used for baskets. They grow in wet places and
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2018-06-21 19:41
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will follow, but if the spawn is in the dykes along the road wet weather will follow.
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2018-06-21 19:40
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was a number of prophecies. A [?] feeling came over him and he thought he could understand the meaning so he started and he read the book from back to [?].
One of the prophecies was :-
"Man would through the world [?], Horses and asses by his side"
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2018-06-21 19:36
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In the spring if the frog spawn appears close to the ditch a dry season will follow. If the spawn is in the middle of the pools a medium hot season
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2018-06-21 19:34
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Péist which was on the other side of the river.
A bag of meal at that time weighed 2cwts and a bag of flour weighed 4 stone.
The man who was selling the goods asked him how he would carry 2 1/2 cwt. He said he would carry it with arm ropes and he also added that he would carry twice as much if he got the flour & meal free. The seller took on the bet and the buyer got ready and carried the 5cwt to his home.
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2018-06-21 19:29
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There was a man named Donal Ceann living in Glenfinn and he could neither read nor write. He went to bed one night and awoke next morning with a great book under his head in which there
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brought her parents to the door the small woman, but she was no longer to be seen. This continued until the man let the water run free again. It is thought that the cries were those of fairies who were in some way deprived of the water which was being supplied to the man's cattle.
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2018-06-21 19:25
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About 30 years ago there was a man living in Tievockmoy. He had cows grazing in a field convenient to his home. He had no means of supplying his cattle with water and so he was forced to stop a drain to make a pond in the field.
One of his children was sent every evening to take home the cows. This particular evening she went as usual to take them home, and when she came to the place where the water was stopped she heard voices calling; "The Water"!, "The Water"! She ran home and told her parents but they would not believe her.
The child went the next evening and was haunted by the same mournful cry. On the 3rd day she was followed by a small mite in red and carrying a net bag. She
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2018-06-21 19:19
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The persons who are doing the station first wash their feet in the lake. They then go 3 times round the well on their bare knees and 3 times on the bare feet and while doing so say the fifteen decades of the rosary. After each decade a stone is thrown up on the ever-increasing cairn. After this five "Hail Marys" & five "Our Fathers" are sad in honour of the priest who blessed the well. Five "Our Fathers" & five "Hail Marys" are also said in honour of St. Brigid for the benefit of the pilgrim. Finally pieces of cloth or some other articles are rubbed on the pilgrim's sores and these are left at the well in order that St. Brigid will cure the disease.
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2018-06-21 19:13
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and went to accomplish the deed. Judge his surprise when he found the whole place around the well illuminated by hundreds of candles. He saw a beautiful maiden rising from the lake wearing a long white robe girded with a blue sash. She wore beautiful gems, she glided through the air like a swallow, and she stopped directly over the well. No doubt it was St Brigid.
This man died a long time ago but his son - who is also dead - made a road into the well.
The general station has been stopped and the few pilgrims who now visit it are in danger of prosecution.
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2018-06-21 19:09
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whenever they liked. Many were the suppositions of the villagers as to the cause of his relenting, some said that his cattle were all dying, others that St. Brigid had sent him a warning from heaven. A great change had suddenly come over him. Pilgrims might knock down his fences but he would only say that he would be nothing the poorer. He told the following story some time later to the neighbours. He said that one morning he found all the fences thrown into the lake. He became angry and naturally suspecting the pilgrims swore to close all ingress to the well. He even though of draining it by means of a channel into the lake. One moonlight night he took a spade with him
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2018-06-21 19:04
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well. A large number of people visited the well each year and there was a general gathering on June 23rd of each year.
It happened one year that the number of pilgrims was larger than usual, the owner under pretence that his crops were being destroyed closed all ingress to the well. The people became excited, threats were sent in by some, petitions by others but all in vain. He was a gentle man but very stubborn. He disregarded threats and petitions alike. For three months he disallowed this beautiful devotion to be practised on his estate.
One morning the inhabitants of Stranorlar awoke to find they were free to go to the well
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2018-06-21 19:00
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Not far from Stranorlar situated at the edge of Loch Lawne is St Brigid's well.
The origin of this well dates back to the middle of the last century. A large mound of white stones placed there by the pilgrims marks the place of the
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2018-06-21 18:55
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lifted 3 large stones meaning to kill her brothers enemy. She swam from one side of the lough to the other until she was drowned. (The three large stones are at lough Finn yet.) The lough in which she was drowned was called lough Finngeal. But in course of time it was called Lough Finn.
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2018-06-21 18:53
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the Fianna told him not to cross Aghla mountain as they knew he would.
On his way home he went to the mountain and there were more young swine on it this time He killed the pigs and when he was leaving the mountain he saw the old pig following him. It was the pig that he cut the point off its tail 6 years ago. Fear Gamhain had three hounds with him namely Graffy, Meenamara and Deacrachan (Three townlands were given these names afterwards). The pig fought the three hounds and killed them. Then Fear Gamhain fought with the pig. He killed the pig but he was so much hurt that he died within a few hours.
During the fight his sister Finngeal was combing her hair a home in Glen Leighan. But when she heard the shouting and lamenting she recognised her brothers voice. She did not wait to tie up her hair which curled down her back but instantly hurried to the place where the sounds came from. She had to cross Lough Finn to reach the mountain. So when she came to the lough she
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2018-06-21 18:43
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When they reached the mountain Fear Gamhain jumped up on a stone and whistled aloud. The bull came running in the direction of the stone. he hit his head against it and fell dead.
The Fianna cut the bull in pieces and each one agreed to carry a piece but none of them was able to carry the head. Fear Gamhain though only 12 years of age carried the head of the bull home to Glen Leighan.
When the Fianna saw how strong Fear Gamhain was they asked Leighan to let him go to Connaught with them so Leighan agreed. On their way to Connaught the crossed Aghla mountain. There were young swine on this mountain and the Fianna killed them all except one which they cut the point off its tail.
When they reached Connaught Fear Gamhain would not do what he was told and whatever he was told not to do he would do it. He stayed with the Fianna for six years but at the end of the sixth year he started out for home.
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2018-06-21 18:36
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Once upon a time the Fianna Eireann lived in Connaught. One day when they were out hunting they came to a place called Glen Leighan in Co. Donegal. A man named Leighan ruled this place. He had a daughter named Finngeal and a son named Fear Ghamhain. The Fianna went into their house and as they were hungry they asked for something to eat. When they had finished the meal Leighan told the Fianna that there was a wild bull on Achla mountain and that he wished them to go and kill it. They agreed to go and Fear Ghamhain went with them
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2018-06-21 18:27
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and they fled. Many people since that tell how the priest was very near being killed by the soldiers in the penal days.
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2018-06-21 18:26
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One day a man was out hunting with a hound. When he had walked about a mile a hare sped past him and it ran into a house. The man sent the hound after the hare and then he followed.
The man went into the house but all he could see was an old woman with a cut foot and she was surrounded by a lot of hounds. The mystery was how the hare escaped without being killed by the hounds.
Another day when this man was hunting he happened to meet a friend of his a priest. When they came to a certain hill the hounds stopped and would not go any farther. This happened in the penal days and when the priest and the hunter looked down in the valley they could see some soldiers coming up to kill the priest. But just as the soldiers came near them a lot of red candles appeared. The soldiers got very frighten.
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2018-06-21 18:21
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In the townland of Meenavoy there is a fort and near this fort there is a house. One day the woman of the house was all alone. A little woman came in and asked her for a bowl of oat meal. The woman of the house was very frightened because she had never seen a woman so small in all her life. The little woman wore a red dress and red shoes and a little red and black shawl. She gave her the oat meal. And from that day the barrel was never empty. The same little fairy woman came to a woman and asked her for the loan of her shawl. The woman gave it to her and the next day she found it nicely folded lying on her door-step
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2018-06-21 12:16
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There was once a man called John Bonner who worked in Drumboe Castle long ago. One night as he and a companion of his were coming home they thought that they would take a "short cut" home, so they had to pass the west gates. They found that the gates were locked John's companion went back for the keys. When he returned he found John at the other side of the gates sound asleep. When he was awakened and asked how he got to the other side he said that he did not know anything but that he fell asleep when his companion left him.
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2018-06-21 12:12
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In the penal days the soldiers used to kill all the priests they could find.
As a priest was teaching the people, he lit a red candle, some of the grease fell to the ground. Just where the grease fell a well sprang up. When the soldiers came along they fell in one after another into the well. The soldiers were well tricked.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 12:10
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That is how the robber was tricked.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 12:09
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Long long ago murderers and robbers were very common people.
Some years ago a man was coming through barnes gap.
He was well prepared to meet a robber because he had a bag of gold concealed under his "top" coat, and he had a bag of coppers in his hand. Coming in sight of a little stream he saw a robber giving his horse a drink at it.
The robber came over to the man and asked him for his gold. But instead of giving him the bag of gold he gave him the bag of coppers which he had in his hand.
The robbers took it to be the gold and put it into his sack.
The man seeing his chance leaped upon the robber's horse leaving him to walk his way home.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 12:02
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One night I went to Letterkenny with a priest named Father Walker. When we arrived it was near twelve oclock. Father Walker at once went to an hotel to get something to eat before twelve oclock as he had to say holy Mass next morning. He told me to wait as he was going to give me some whiskey so as to scare away any ghosts which might come in my way.
About a mile out of the town I began to get afraid so I got out of the car and looked down the road. I nearly fainted at the sight I saw. It was a big man coming up the road. The man got into the car beside me. For some time I was not looking at him but when I did he had disappeared. When I arrived at Stranorlar the people thought I was a ghost myself.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:54
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die in peace. And so she did suffer a lot before she died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:53
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Once upon a time three old men were making poteen in an old outhouse. When they were some time working three shots were fired and the oldest of the men said that this was the wee folk and that three worse shots would be fired the next night. The next night they were making poteen in the same place and the revenue men came and fired three shots and the three men were taken prisoners.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:49
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die in peace. And so she did suffer a lot before she died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:49
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There is a large fort near Cloghan and one day a man named McGlynn went to this fort and began to draw clay from it. When he had three loads drawn there was a shot fired and a fairy came out of the fort and commanded the clay to be left back. After this there were lights seen round the fort and music was heard.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:47
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Once upon time a Protestant woman lived in Ballinamore. People say that she sold one of her limbs to the devil and that she could perform witchcraft.
Everyone noticed that their cows had not much milk and they found out that this witch was milking their cows every morning before the people would rise themselves. Some time after this the woman took very ill and she sent for the Minister. When the Minister came he prayed over her and he told the people that she had sold a limb to the devil and that she would not
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:42
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Once upon a time a woman lived at Knock Ballybofey. She was very poor and she had a large family. This night they had nothing to eat for their supper so the woman set off for the town to beg. It was a clear night and she went across the fields as it was a shorter way to the town. While she was going across the field she saw it covered with coins so she picked them up and bought all the food she needed. After this she found out that it was fairies.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:37
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Once upon a time St Colmcille was crossing the river Finn at a place called [?] Fintown. He happened to slip on a salmon and fell. He was very angry and he foretold that no salmon would cross the river until the railway would be made and until the black pig meaning the train would cross it. This came true for no salmon ever crossed the river until the railway was made.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:25
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Once upon a time a woman had a very cross child who cried from morning till night. One day a little woman came into the house and advised the mother to wash the child in hot water and baking soda. The mother did this and the child was changed into a broom. After this the mother found out that the strange little woman was a fairy.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:17
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At Fintown Co Donegal some men were making a new road. They found some articles which showed that this was a place where Mass was said long ago. The priests of the parish took possession of these articles and the men were not allowed to go on with their work.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-21 11:14
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St Brigids well is situated in Ardmiran. Once upon a time a man threw stones and dirt into the well to keep the people from coming to it. Some time after this the man became very ill and no doctors could cure him. He thought that if he would clean the well he might get better. Sick as he was he went and began to clean the well. Then he gave the people liberty to go to it as often as they liked and after this he got all right again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 17:12
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who died was buried in Cloghan.
There was a captain Scanlan who lived in Cloghan. In the middle of the night captain Scanlan went on horseback to the graveyard and took the corpse of the Protestant and threw it into the river Finn. When it came to Stranorlar it stopped floating. After this all the Protestants were buried in Stranorlar.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 17:09
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There is a Catholic graveyard in Cloghan and long ago the Protestants used to bury in it also. So the Catholics made a rule that no protestants were to bury in Cloghan and that they were to bury in Stranorlar.
The Protestants did not keep this rule and the first Protestant
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 17:07
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there is frost on the lake the light is seen on the lake.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 17:06
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Once upon a time a woman lived in Mentymoragle who fell out with her neighbour and this woman went to another house to tell lies on her neighbour. On her way home she saw a light at a distance. It came closer to her and then she fainted.
When she recovered she found herself in a house with a woman giving her whisky. The woman of the house asked her what had happened her and she said that she saw a light.
After this the people always were inside their houses before eight o'clock as they were afraid. This light is still to be seen and when
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 17:01
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There lived in two neighbouring town-lands, a very tall giant and a very stout giant. The tall giant was forever troubling the stout giant.
One day the stout giant met a goblin fairy whom he told his trouble to. The fairy gave him a wand and told him to tap his brother three times with it. The giant did as he was told and as he did so his brother fell dead and his blood covered all the stones in the town-land.
From that day to this the place is called "Cloch-Rua" or Cloughroe which means "red-stone".
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:58
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When the Stranorlar Donegal Railway was being constructed the workmen found a chalice. They at once sent for Father Boyle who took possession of it. He told the workmen to make a stone cross immediately and to erect it on the spot where the chalice was found.
This cross is still to be seen at Sessiaghoneill and resembles the badge of the Eucharistic Congress which was held in Ireland in the year 1932.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:55
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Long ago the priests and monks were afraid to say Mass in Churches because of the soldiers and robbers.
One day a priest and his followers were saying Mass in a field in Meenavoy. The priest lit a red candle and set it on a small stone. After a few Drops of the candle grease had fallen on the ground a holy well sprang up from the ground and it is there to the present day and no matter how much the wind blew it could not tumble the little red candle.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:52
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times and the father of the three sons put his head up through the floor. The priest asked him where he was the first time he rang the bell and the man replied that he was in hell. The priest asked him where was he the second time the bell was rung and the man said that he was leaving hell. The priest asked the man where he was the third time the bell was rung and the man said he was putting his head up through the floor. Then the priest said to the three sons "There is your father now and send for your minister and tell him to put your father back to hell".
The three sons sent for the minister but he was not able to put their father back to hell so they had to send for the priest again.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:48
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that the protestant who was now dead was in hell and that he had the privilage of having a green sod under his feet to keep the flames off him as a reward for the good deed he had done.
When the servent Girl came back from Mass the people of the house questioned her as usual and she told them what she heard.
This protestant man had three sons and when the heard the news they were furious and determined to make the priest prove this. So they thought of a plan. They held a great feast and they invited the priest. When the priest came to the feast one of the Protestant man's sons came into the room with a gun and he said to the priest "You said last Sunday that my father was in hell and now I want you to prove it" The priest was not alarmed. He said he wanted his vestments his prayer book and the gong. A messenger was sent for these things. When the messenger returned the priest put on the vestments and took the gong in his hand and read prayers. He rang the bell three
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:40
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Long ago in the Penal days Gartan was a very Protestant place and the priests had to say Mass out in the open air.
A kind hearted Protestant man gave the Catholics a piece of land to build a church and the priest read Mass there every Sunday. Some time after the Church was erected the Protestant man died. This Protestant kept a Catholic servant Girl who always attended Mass and when she would come back from Mass the people of the house were in the habit of asking her what was the sermon on and she would always tell them.
A few Sundays after the old man was buried the priest told the congregation
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:36
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There is a little island called Iniskeel near Narin Co Donegal. There are no dwelling houses on this island except the ruins of an old Church. St Conal's well is there and people say that if you are going to die within a year the water in the well will turn red in you dip your foot in it. People go there to make stations but the stations are not finished until you go to Saint Conal's well at Derrlaghtconal near Doohary.
There are two rocks there and the imprint of his knee and elbow are to be seen in the rocks. The water lies in these imprints even in the hottest day of Summer.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:21
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A few miles from Stranorlar there is an old graveyard and there is a mound in the middle of it. People say that in the days of famine the people were dying in hundreds and they could not be buried properly. So the dead people were put side by side in the graveyard and covered with green sods so that this mound really consists of human bodies.
In the same graveyard there is a soldier buried who fought at the Battle of the Boyne. There are seven father Devanny buried in it also.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:17
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his face and was badly hurt. After this he never prevented anyone from going to the well.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:17
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There is a holy well in Drumboe Co Donegal called the Abbey well. It is said that there was an Abbey there and that monks dwelled in the Abbey. People say that these monks are sometimes to be seen walking on the avenue that leads to the well.
Once upon a time a landstewart named Boyce lived near the well and he wanted to prevent the people from coming to it, so he rolled two huge stones over the well and the formed a lovely little arch.
Two days after this there was a terrible storm this Boyce man was out in storm. The ground was ripped up beside him and he fell on
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:12
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One morning as a priest was reading his office along the beach at Malin Mór he saw a man fishing and he was making a great noise. The fisherman had three fish caught when the priest came.Then the priest told him to stop as he would catch no more fish that day. The man paid no attention to the priest but continued to fish the evening but caught no more than three.
Every fisherman who fishes in that shore never catches any more than three.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:08
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Long ago there was no Loch in Loch Alán. There was a castle where the Loch is. Beside the castle, the men cut turf.
One day as they were cutting they noticed a well springing up where the were cutting. The well spread and the bog and the castle sank into the ground and Loch Alán which is situated outside Stranorlar is to be seen to the present day.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:05
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Long ago the priests and monks were afraid to say Mass in Churches because of the soldiers and robbers.
One day a priest and his followers was saying Mass in a field in which a rock was situated in the townland of "Meenavoy". He lit a red candle and set it on a small stone beside the rock. When a few drops of the candle grease fell on the ground a holy well sprung up from the spot and it is there to the present day, and no matter how much the wind blew it could not tumble the little red candle.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 16:02
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drink when an old ragged woman stood in the doorway and asked for some of the water. The girl looked at her mother and her mother nodded to give her some as soon as the old woman drank it her rags fell from her and there stood the same lady as had appeared to her at the well.
At the same time the rusty "dipper" which she held in her hand had changed to diamonds. The girl asked to explain what this meant. She told her that since she had shared the water with her that she should never want food or drink and that the "dipper" should shine in the heavens for ever as a token of her kindness.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:57
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Once upon a time there was a very dry summer all the wells and streams were dried up and no water could be found anywhere.
One morning a sick mother sent her daughter to find water as she was dying of thirst. The poor girl knew she could not find any, but sooner then refuse her mother she went. On and on she went and almost in despair she cried out. "Oh I wish some kind fairy would show me where to find water".
At the moment a lovely lady stood by her and showed her a lovely little well shaded by ferns. The girl filled her pitcher and ran home in great delight. She ran to her mother's bedside and was about to give her a
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:52
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After that she was left with not an animal about her house.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:51
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One day long ago a small woman came in to a house at Convoy Co Donegal. She asked the woman for a drink as it was in the summer time. The woman of the house refused to give the small woman a drink and before she refused the small woman the drink the bucket was full of water but after she refused her the bucket was empty. The small woman asked her for a handful of meal. The woman of the house her also but before she refused her the meal the bin was half-full and after she refused her she went to the bin but it was empty also.
The woman of the house was greatly surprised to see the bucket and the bin which were full, empty. After a little while she remembered it was a fairy woman and should not have refused her the water and meal because of her great magic power.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:43
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In the Penal days the Irish priests and monks had to say their Masses in fields and woods unknown to the soldiers and robbers.
One day a priest and his followers was saying Mass in the Abbey wood in the townland of Drumboe. The priest asked his followers for a match to light a candle, but the had none. He broke a branch of a tree near by, and stuck it on a rock. Immediately the branch lit; also the water began to flow from the rock and it formed a holy well which is in the Abbey wood to the present day.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:40
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On another occasion she and her brother John were out with a basket collecting alms. One person gave them some meal to make porridge. When Betty put the meal into a pot she foretold to John that he would never taste the porridge. John thought that this would be his chance to make a liar of Betty. But before the porridge was cooked he died.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:38
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Many years ago there lived in a town-land called Castlebane a woman named Betty Friars.
One time Betty was supposed to be dead although she was only in a long sleep. Afterwards she went about telling people that she was in hell and that there was nothing between herself and the flames of hell except a blanket which she gave an old woman.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:35
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the side she had left. So she swam back. Then once more the echoes made the cry seem to come from the farther side.
Again and again she crossed the lake seeking for her brother. But her swimming got slower and slower, while the call of the injured hero grew lower and fainter.
The cry of her dying brother filled her with grief and despair. Her own strength was now gone, and she sank beneath the waves and was drowned.
The brave girls name was Finna and after her the lake was called Finn, the same name was given to the river.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-19 15:32
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Once upon a time there lived a young hunter in Dungloe Co. Donegal. He was hunting down in a valley by the side of a lake and on the bank stood a huge boar. It rushed at him with fury, and tore him with its tusks.
The path was narrow and when trying to escape the young hunter fell from a rock. He was very badly hurt, and could not rise from where he lay so he cried aloud for help.
Now it happened that the hunters sister was down at the side of the lake and the sound of his voice came towards her, borne on the wind. But the sound was thrown back as an echo from the rocks on the other side of the lake. So the cry seemed to come from that side.
She swam across the lake, hoping to find her brother, but now his voice came from
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 21:17
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Long ago, the people living in Ireland were very poor and the mothers had no change of clothes for their children. So they always washed the clothes on Saturday night and had them clean for the week.
One Saturday night a woman had put her baby to bed and she was washing its clothes when she heard the loveliest music and the rocking of the cradle in the kitchen, when she went inside it stopped and when she came out it started again and it went on like this for a long time when suddenly she remembered it was the fairies or the wee-folk as the were called.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 21:13
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Four generations ago, my great great grandmother was driving her cows to the field, leaving her baby behind her, sleeping in the cradle. She broke a branch of a hawthorn bush supposed to be "gentle" to drive the cows. When she returned to the house the baby was crying loudly and could not be pacified. She did not know what to do, when suddenly she remembered the "gentle" bush from which she had broken the branch. She took this branch back an tied it on the tree again, and when she came back to the house the baby was sleeping as soundly as ever in the cradle.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 21:09
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This would also explain its being built in such an unusual place as it commands an uninterrupted view of the whole Finn Valley. Very likely is was they who carved the footprints and hand and other things.
On the inner walls of the ruins there is a number of signs and some writing. It is not possible to read the writing. Some people venture to say that the signs and strokes are what was once Ogham. But this is hardly likely as the stonework is of a more modern age.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 21:05
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About a mile and a half from Stranorlar there is a wooded hill. At the top of the hill there are the ruins of what was once an Abbey or round tower.
On the slabs of rock beside the ruins there are imprints of a hand a human foot. These imprints though of huge size are almost perfect in shape.
Some people say that they are relics of the days of Finn & the Fianna and that the imprint is of Finn's foot
However a more likely explanation is that the Abbey or what ever it was was inhabited monks in the Penal days.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:59
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There was once a giant who lived in the steeple. Once this giant declared that he was going to destroy Stranorlar with a huge rock but it slipped out of his hand and it fell convenient to Gortletragh where it is still to be seen lying in two halves.
On another occasion this giant was jumping from the steeple when he fell and his knees stuck into a rock.
The track of his knees are still to be seen in this rock, some distance away from the steeple.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:54
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surprised them. The whole bog was flooded with. They lost their coats. Those men learned a lesson not to interfere with fairies any more.
From that day to this that lough was called Loughallan.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:41
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was true. The master said that this was surely true. The father told him to change himself into a black Pig. While he was doing so he was looking at a book. The father lifted the book and threw it into the fire. The father told the master that there he would stay in the form of a black pig.
The valley in which the school was built has ever since been called the Valley of the Black Pig.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:39
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The Valley of the Black Pig in Country Fermanagh got its name thus -
The local school-master had in his possession a book of witch-craft. With the aid of this book it was his custom to change his scholars into hounds and hares at play-time. One evening a scholar came home from school all cut. His father asked him what happened to his foot. He said that Micky Kelly's son bit him when they were playing "hounds and hares".
The father asked the master if this
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:38
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The Valley of the Black Pig in Country Fermanagh got its name thus -
The local school-master had in his possession a book of witch-craft. With the aid of this book it was his custom to change his scholars into hounds and hares at play-time. One evening a scholar came home from school all cut. His father asked him what happened to his foot. He said that Micky Kelly's son bit him when they were playing hounds and hares.
The father asked the master if this
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:34
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letting grass grow to his heels", till he reached home and told what he had seen.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:34
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One night as John McGinty was leaving Drumboe castle he was getting over the fence when he saw a man coming through the West gates. The man seemed as if he was going for a walk. He had a "castor" hat, a walking stick, and a swallow-tailed coat with a white vest.
John was going over the fence to save the bother of opening and locking the West gates, but he was surprised when he saw the man comeing silently through. He called to the man saying "Are those gates open". But recieving no answer down he clampered and over to the gates but they were shut and locked. He looked about him but to his astonishment no man was to be seen. He hastened back to the fence and leaped over it, he knew now that what he had seen was a ghost.
He raced down the avenue, as the saying is "without
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:27
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happened. This was a trick the priest played on them for their haughtiness.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:27
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Long ago Confirmation was held in Sain Mary's Church Stranorlar.
After it was over Sir Edmon & Lady Hayes invited the priests up for breakfast. As the coach was driving up the avenue carrying his lordship & the priests, they passed a poor priest who was at the Confirmation. They passed on without even glancing in his direction. The priest was very angry at this. Suddenly he started to pray. The horses [?] & coach which were far up the avenue stopped dead in their tracks.
The coachman who was very red in the face whipped and lashed the horses, but they would not move. The priest was coming slowly up the drive behind them. the priest went up to the horses and gave them a pat on the back. Immediately they walked on as if nothing had
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:22
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pin points in the dark. If you listen carefully you will hear the faint sound of the flail coming from every light. We enter a barn when work is proceeding. On the threshing board is a new sheaves of corn. Every stroke of the flail plied by strong arms makes many grains hop. A candle made from tallow with a peeled rich which affords the light. A breezy day was usually selected for cleaning the corn. The wind carried off the chaff and the heavy grins were left on the cleaning cloth.
Lastly came the time for drying and grinding the oats. Large basins were filled with grain and placed over a peat fire. The heat loosened the outer shell of the seed and made it brittle. This done the corn was ready for grinding. A large stone called a "mill stone" was used for this purpose and today these round stones with a hole in the centre remind us of the time our forefathers toiled before science and machinery made a new world.
ball sinsearach (stair)
2018-06-18 20:15
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The methods employed by our forefathers to make the oat crop ready for use as food were very different from the methods used today. Machinery has simplified labour to a great extent within the last century. The farmer of a few centuries ago dug first his land deep and well. Then he scattered the seed oats and covered them by harrowing much as we see this work done today. When autumn came and the corn got yellow and ripe the farmer and his helpers began shearing. This was done with specially made hook. The work had to bend his back or kneel to perform this work correctly. Scythes reapers and self binders were not heard of then. When the stooks were properly won stacks were built convenient to the farmers barn. From autumn through all the winter threshing took place now and again. Two pieces of sticks tied together with flax cord was used for taking off the grain. This implement was called a flail and the art of making and using such contrivance is now dead.
Let us picture what was a common scene then: - It is a long winter night and all around the countryside little gleams of light make
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2018-06-18 20:06
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In the days of the penal laws priests were tortured so much by the English that they had to celebrate holy Mass on rocks so as to avoid the soldiers. Many of these rocks are to be seen all through Ireland to this very day.
One day several priests were reciting holy mass on a rock a band of soldiers were on their tracks and soon came upon them. The set about driving a lot of nails into some barrels. Then the threw the priests into the barrels and rolled them into a little dark bog and drowened them. Then the went home very pleased with themselves. This hole was given the name the "Murder Hole".
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2018-06-18 20:01
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In the town land of Meenavoy there is a fort And near this fort there is a house. One day the woman of the house was all alone. A little woman came in and asked her for a bowl of oat Meal. The woman of the house gave it to her. And the woman gave it to her. And from that day the barrel was never empty.
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2018-06-18 19:59
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There is a spot noted for its beautiful scinery situated midway between the town of Ballybofey and Donegal and it is known as Barnesmore Gap. One day a man was coming along the road at Barnes Gap and he had a bag of coppers and a bag of gold with him. As he was coming along he was held up by a robber who asked him for the bag of gold and if he did not give it to him he would shoot him. The man threw down the bag of coppers. When the Robber was lifting the money the other man jumped off his own bad horse to the robbers good horse and he got away with the bag of gold.
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2018-06-18 19:55
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A local school-master had in his possession a book of witch-craft. With the aid of this book it was his custom to change his scholars into hounds and hares at play-time. One evening a scholar came home his father asked him what happened to his foot. He said that Michael Kelly's son bit him when they were playing "hounds and hares". The father did not know what was the meaning of this. He told the master to change himself into a black pig and there he stayed. A valley that was near was called "The valley of the Black Pig".
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2018-06-18 19:47
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Then the man went on his way.
When St Colmcille came home and saw the wheat he was amazed and he followed the man some distance but he could not catch up with him. In the end the poor man shouted back "He who is generous will not go to hell".
And from that day forward St Colmcille never refused bread to anyone. St Colmcille did penance also. He always faced the worst storms and crossed the mountains in the night and he also fasted for a time.
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2018-06-18 19:44
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Once upon a time St Colmcille had a house and land and he kept a housekeeper. He made a rule that no one was to receive alms after twelve o clock noon.
One day a poor man came to St Colmcille's house after twelve o clock. He was very hungry and he asked for something to eat. St Colmcille was out and his housekeeper was kneading dough at the time. She told the man that her master had made a rule that no one was to get help after twelve o clock. The poor man asked pitifully for a piece of the dough even and the woman gave it to him He threw it up beside the fireplace and wheat grew from it.
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2018-06-18 19:41
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high above their heads came hundreds of white-robed monks. Katie shouted for the other girl to look but just the vision banished - the vision was that of monks coming back to visit the place where they had laboured many centuries ago.
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2018-06-18 19:39
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On the left bank of the river Finn near the villages of Stranorlar and Ballybofey lies the townland of Drumboe. This place has both an ancient and modern claim to fame. Away back in the middle ages Drumboe was the seat of a monastery. This was long the present castle of Drumboe was erected by an Enlgish man named Basil. The Hayes family came later and wiped out nearly all traces of Drumboe monastery. In recent times objects have been found which indicate the spot where the monks once laboured.
The Abbey well has long been regarded by local people as a source of miraculous cures, and the Abbey field is the scene of the following story: -
Katie McGrath whose death took place in February 1938 often told this story and maintained it to be true. She was a young girl at this time. It was bonfire night and she went for a walk with another girl. There road took them past the Abbey field. The hour was 12 o clock midnight. Katie happened to look into the field as she past and behold what did she see! Marching up the field with lighted candles held
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2018-06-18 19:30
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Once upon a time a priest who lived at Broadpath wass called on a sick call.
On his way to the sick house he was met by a crowd of little people who were called the "wee folk"
The were all laughing and dancing and the priest stopped the carriage and asked them if they wanted him to send them to heaven. At this the priest pulled out a white handkerchife and said "if you stain this with blood I will send you to heaven. Before he had the last word uttered the all ran off very frightened. They priest knew that they could not stain the handkerchief with blood, because the were onley spirit's falling from heaven and that they were not human beings
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2018-06-18 19:26
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down the little hill and into an old, dark weedy hole full of water.
Then the went home quite pleased with themselves. This hole was ever afterwards named the "Murder hole" because of the priestmurder of priests.
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2018-06-18 19:24
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In the days of the penal laws priests were tortured so much by the English that the had to celebrate holy Mass on rocks so as to avoid the English soldiers.
Many of these rocks are to be seen in Ireland to this day.
It happened one day that several priests were about to celebrate holy Mass when a crowd of soldiers rushed upon them and told them to prepare for death. The soldiers at once set about driving a lot of nails into the inside of some barrels.
While they were doing so an idea struck them. they noticed that the priests were standing on top of a large rock. At length they had finished their work. They [?] they priests and put them into the barrels and then rolled them
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2018-06-18 19:19
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So fast did the tears came that he was soon surrounded by a flood of tears. Then he happened to stumble and fall and the water of his own tears closed in on him for ever. This did the Giants repentance save him from a terrible death which the fairies had planned. Every Halloweve night at 12 oclock it is said that the waters of the lake become salty. So now you know how the lake got its name.
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2018-06-18 19:17
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fairies for his supper. The old ones he hung up above the fire till they were as brittle as dead leaves. Then he would stuff them into the bowl of his pipe which was about the size of an old barrel and sent them off in smoke. The fairies had no power because the Giant was a very close friend of an old witch who lived in an old cave far up the mountains. This old hag was often seen talking and making jokes with the Devil himself so she could do anything she liked. But a stronger power then hers was shown. One morning the Giant strode into the witche's cave and found her dead. It was not long after until the Fairy Queen appeared and told the Giant that he must die a terrible death in atonement for his crimes. She pointed out to him in fairy language all the misery and sorrow his crimes had brought on her people. Then for the first time in his life he became repentant. His heart was touched with the magic words of the fairy Queen and tears fell down from his eyes like a winter brook.
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2018-06-18 19:10
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At the foot of Barnes More there is a little Lake sometimes known as the Lake of the Great Tears and this is how it got its name.
Long ago there lived a mighty jiant among the Donegal hills.
He was so so big that his legs could span Barnes Gap. This jiant was an enemy of the fairies who were more plentiful then than now. Often when the moon had whirled herself clear of the mountains and the fairies were enjoying themselves the Monster would hide himself and wait. Then when the good "people" were dancing on the flat stones to the wild music of the fairy fiddle or eating at mushroom tables he would gather them up in handfuls. When he had his pockets full he went home and cooked the little
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2018-06-15 14:25
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the other boy said to him "I thought you were there long ago," but he said "No I am only coming as I had great bother getting the sheep caught."
The other boy got the bag of nuts on his back and both went home with their find and had a jolly night after all, and what is more the old Minister was cured for life.
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2018-06-15 14:23
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trap to drive him around.
There were two funny boys running around and they thought they could not do better than lift the nuts out of the grave.
On the way one of the boys thought the would like a sheep so he told the other boy to get the nuts and that he would get the sheep. In the meantime the Minister's house-keeper came out to feed the pony. She heard the boy eating the nuts and ran in to tell the Minister that the old woman was up eating at the nuts and was not dead atall. The Minister would not believe her so she got him on her back and carried him out to the place. When the boy who was stealing the nuts heard them [?] he thought it was his chum returning with the sheep and he called out "Is she fat"
They got frightened and called out "Fat or lean take him to thon place"
The old woman was very frightened and she threw down the Minister and he got up immediately and both ran into the house. He was completely cured.
The boy with the sheep came along and the
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2018-06-15 14:07
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About fifty years ago there was an old woman who lived all alone. She had no friends atall but she was a greate old woman for having parties at set times.
Looking forwards to Hallow Eve she had got a bag of nuts and other novelties for the feast but the poor old lady took ill so she sent for the Clergy and made her will. Her first request was that when she would die to have the nuts and other novelties laid in the grave with her. She died a few weeks after and was buried in a grave yard near to where an old crippled Minister lived.
She had her request granted. The nuts and other were laid in the grave with her corps.
The old Minister had an old house-keeper and also a pony and
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2018-06-14 18:55
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footsteps following him on and on. Looking sideways he could distinguish in the monlight the figure of the man following after. He felt terribly frightened. The cold sweat was trickling down his brow and his hair stood on end and at the same time he was running as fast as he could. He pulled out his Rosary beads and made the sign of the Cross on himself and held them over his shoulder and said; "In the name of God". Just then he came to a small stream. He crossed it and when he was safely on the other side he looked back but he could see nothing.
When he was safely home he recalled the conversation with the deceased man and he knew that it was he who had come back to fulfil his promise.
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2018-06-14 18:50
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Years ago in the townland of Mennavoy there lived a man who was greatly addicted to drink. He was an intimate friend of a man who lived in a neighbouring townland.
One night they were talking about the next world after death and said to his companion "Jamie when I die I will come back and tell you where I am.
Shortly after this conversation the man was found dead on his own farm with his head in a small drain, where there was some water. Being under the influence of drink, he had fallen and could not save himself.
One night after his death, his farmer companion was coming across the deceased man's farm, when all at once he heard the sound of a man mowing corn came to his ears and just on the other side of the ditch, he saw quite plainly, his farmer companion, mowing corn. When the ghost (for ghost he was) caught sight of his farmer friend he threw down the scythe and followed him. The friend could hear his
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2018-06-14 18:31
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castle. He heard them coming nearer and nearer until at last they stopped outside his bedroom door. Slowly the door opened and there stood befor him the most beautiful woman he ever saw. She moved across the room, her beautiful silk dress rustling as she moved. She was dressed all in grey silk. She looked him straight in the face, and after a brief moment she passed out of the room from his sight.
John McGinty got up out of his bed and put on his clothes and left the Castle. He said he would never sleep in the castle again by himself.
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2018-06-14 18:27
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In the townland of Stranorlar Country Donegal there are the ruins of an old castle. It is known as Drumboe Castle. There are a lot of queer stories told about it by people who worked in it when it was inhabited. The following was told by a man named John McGinty who served as coachman for Sir Edmond Hayes who was a former owner of it for many years.
One winters night Sir Edmond Hayes was away visiting and all the ladies were away at the ball. There was no one in the house but John McGinty, the servants having all gone to their own home's.
John McGinty was by no means a nervous man. But about midnight a queer feeling came over him as he lay awake in bed and a terrible eeriness seemed to come over the castle.
Straining his ears he heard the sound of light footsteps coming from the garret in the far corner of the
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2018-06-14 17:41
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spring spout running in the house and it is said it was William Walker who brought it in at the time the workmen were bringing the spring water into the town of Stranorlar from a well behind Walker's house.
And so ended the career of William Walker.
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2018-06-14 17:38
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build it if they would let him try. The prison officials protested at first, but Walker had his own way and he built the bridge, which was afterwards known as "Walker Bridge". He was released from prison for this good act.
During his time in prison a detective came into his cell dressed up as a convict. The detective asked him what he was in prison for. Walker told him that he was in for coining. The detective told him that he was in for coining also. They had a long talk and when the detective was ready to go, William Walker told him that he was getting out of prison in a few days, and he gave him his address and told him to call and see him sometime when he was passing that way. So they parted.
Sometime later the detective called at Walker's house. They drank some wine. The detective pretended to drink the wine but when Walker wasn't looking he spilled it under the table. Soon Walker was losing his senses through the effects of the drinks. He took the detective to his coining-chamber and made a coin to show him how he did it.
A few hours after this the detective pretended he was going down to the town for more wine. But he came back with a crowd of police who arrested the amazed William Walker. He was put in prison where he died sometime later.
The house is still to be seen in the outskirts of Stranorlar and so is the kiln which has the initials "W.W. 1828 inscribed on one of its stones. There is a
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2018-06-14 17:28
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Sometime around the year 1928 there lived a man called William Walker. His home was situated outside the town of Stranorlar. It was a small thatched house consisting of one room and a kitchen.
Now, this man, - William Walker - was a coiner, this is, he made his own money. He had an underground tunnel, which led to the right hand side of the house. Another branch of it led out in under the road and out of a small lime kiln. The branch of the tunnel previously mentioned led to the coining chamber. He decended into this tunnel, by lifting a large flag-stone, in the kitchen floor and going down under it. No one knew of this tunnel but himself.
Detectives and police were raking the countryside looking for the person who was making all the bad money, because they did not know that it was William Walker.
At last some suspicion was cast on William Walker and he was put in prison. But before his period in prison was up, a bridge was being built near the prison and each time it was built it fell. William Walker said he would
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2018-06-14 17:17
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the large tree which stood at the bottom of his garden. he resolved not to interfere with the tree and attributed his good fortune to his well-kept promise. He believed the small strange woman to be a fairy.
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2018-06-14 17:15
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About 80 years ago a small woman called at the house of Johnston Kilpatrick Cappery. His wife had gone to Church and he was alone in the house. This little woman came in to him and sat down. Kilpatrick offered her tea she refused, stating she did not take tea. He told her he would give her the tea and she could make it herself. She still refused. He asked her was she going far and she said she was going to Lough Eske. He then gave her two pence and said it would help to carry her along. She refused the money also saying she could not accept it. She rose to proceed on her journey, but before doing so, she told Kilpatrick of the many losses he had during his life-time and that his future would be more prosperous if he would promise not to interfere with
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2018-06-14 17:08
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their cow standing and she eating as they got her every other day. They took the cow home and they told the story to their neighbours and it is remembered from that day to this.
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2018-06-14 17:06
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Once upon a time there was a family that lived in the country. They had a large herd of cows. The place where the cows were grazing was called a Fort.
One summers evening when they went to this place to bring the cows home they found all the cows but one. The searched until it was getting dark and the cow could nowhere be found.
On their way home they herd beautiful music they stood a listened for a while and a lot of little people who were called "wee folk" in olden days came out and began to dance. They were dressed in red, one of these "wee folk" came over to the people and said "Are you looking for the lost cow" and they said they were. This little man told them to go to a certain place and they would get their cow.
When they went to the place where the fairy told them they got
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2018-06-13 18:20
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When the woman took the lid off the pot she found that there was nothing in it but the water. St Colmcille's words came true and from that day to this there was not a salmon in the lough. But it still bears the old name, Loch na mBradán.
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2018-06-13 18:18
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Once upon a time St Colmcille came to a place called Loch na mBradán in Co Donegal. There was a small lough in this place in which the salmon were very plentiful. St Colmcille was very hungry and he went into a house. There was a pot on the fire which contained a salmon. He asked the woman of the house for a piece of the salmon. The woman said that she had no salmon in the pot as she did not want to give him any of it.
The Saint was displeased at the woman telling him such an untruth. He then said "If there is a salmon in the pot this instant there will be no salmon in it and if there is no salmon in it there will be one in it" and then he left.
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2018-06-13 17:40
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Once upon a time two men went up towards the steeple to try and find caves. They came to one cave and they started to dig a hole inside but there was a big stone preventing them. They took out the stone and some kind of an animal came out from under it.
It started pouring rain after this and the men went home. Two days later one of the men got very sick and was sick for a week. When he was better the other man got sick and was sick for the same length of time.
The people of the townland of Stranorlar said that these two men were sick because they interfered with the animal's den.